Individualization, Inequality and Labour: A Qualitative approach

TítuloIndividualization, Inequality and Labour: A Qualitative approach
Tipo de publicaciónJournal Article
Año de publicación2018
AutoresLobato, MM, Molina, JL, Valenzuela-García, H
JournalDialectical Anthropology
Volumen42
Start Page1
Incidencia130
Páginas1-15
Date Published21 June 2018
Type of ArticleResearch
ISSN0304-4092
Palabras claveIndividualization Livelihood strategies Crisis Labor
Resumen

In this paper, we show how we came to explore Beck’s theory of individualization in the light of a qualitative study of livelihood strategies in post-2008 Spain and Cyprus. We observed that experiences of downward social mobility in contexts of welfare retreat and precarious labor conditions were compelling people to build marketed individualities and to create individual biographies with recourse to a highly individualized rhetoric. However, analysis of a very diverse sample of subjects from different socio-economic backgrounds showed us that individualization theory must be conceptualized within a framework of social structures, and that Beck’s individualization theory fails to recognize its persistence in contemporary societies. We therefore propose looking at individualization as a contemporary process through which class differences are expressed. Only in this way can it serve as a useful theoretical tool with which to understand the workings of contemporary capitalism and the ways in which new values and moral frameworks are being formed

URLhttps://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10624-018-9512-y#citeas
DOI10.1007/s10624-018-9512-y
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